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I watched an episode of “The Unit” last night on CBS.
The first story line involved three members of the Army’s secret Rangers unit going into a foreign country to rescue workers at an American embassy that was under fire.
Bullets were hitting the building and breaking out the newspaper-covered windows as the group was exiting to a waiting bus.
The ambassador and some of the workers were not following orders and were very resistant to leaving.
One of “the unit” members was hit by a bullet in the arm in the first scene because of a delay by the ambassador.
After several other embassy workers were killed because they weren’t listening to the instruction of the experts there to help them escape, my wife said, “I couldn’t do a job like that where the people I was helping didn’t want to be saved”.
I responded, “It is all in a day’s work.”
Steve Outing writes in Editor and Publisher about 10 things that publishers and editors of small newspapers should be doing to keep up with the times and resist the industrywide trend of flat or declining print readership and loss of advertising dollars to new forms of media.
- Copy and build from the industry leaders
- Don’t hire print-focused employees
- Hire a hot-dog programmer, one way or another
- Find (free or cheap) help and go crazy with experimentation
- Make a class assignment.
- Join forces with other small papers
- Develop lots of localized online communities
- Utilize the camera-toting army
- Mix up professional and citizen reporting
- Play off of what else is available online
If you are quick, you can read the insightful comments on each point from Steve on the E&P site before they put it behind the paid archives wall.
UPDATE: I’m adding Steve’s blog link to my blogroll. I’ve read Steve’s columns for a long time but for some odd reason, forgot to check his blog. I did just that today and now I’ll be a regular reader.
Yahoo! Inc. today announced a strategic partnership with more than 150 daily U.S. newspapers to deliver search, graphical and classified advertising to consumers.
The partnership begins with recruitment advertising where newspapers will be using and feeding employment classifieds to Yahoo! HotJobs.
In addition, the newspapers plan to work together with Yahoo! to provide search, content, and local applications across the newspapers’ Web sites.
A conference call and Webcast, with participation from Yahoo! executives, will be held at 1:00 p.m. EST today. To access the listen-only conference line, dial 1-866-812-0403.
A live Webcast of the conference call, together with a presentation, can be accessed through the Belo Web site.
Following the conclusion of the conference call and Webcast, a replay will be archived on the websites of Yahoo!, Belo, Journal Register, Lee, Media General and Scripps beginning at 6:15 p.m. EST on November 20 until 11:59 p.m. on November 27.
My friend Tim Rasmussen has just announced that after spending four years heading up the photography staff at the South Florida’s Sun-Sentinel, he will be heading to Denver. Starting in December, he will lead the photography and visual efforts as the AME of photography for the Denver Post. Tim is a great journalist. It won’t take Denver long to appreciate that! I know he will be happy to be out in the ‘Wild West’ again and I wish him and his family all the best.
Those two are just over an hour drive from my house. Chris and Wendy, you better stop by and say hello when you come up this way!